World Congress Of Accountants
A world class business event based on diversity and sustainable considerations.
World Congress Of Accountant (WCOA)’s mission is to bring together finance leaders, policy setters, accountants and business leaders in a world-class business event that embraces the future of the profession. The WCOA organising committee is fully committed to advancing sustainability as part of their ambition to play a global role in setting trends for the profession.
MCI Australia worked with WCOA organising committee to create and implement a sustainability strategy based on the ISO20121 International Sustainable Events Standard and following four goals:
- Reduce waste, energy and emissions
- Rethink the supply chain and partnerships and promote diversity
- Recognise the role of younger generations and leave a positive legacy
- Report on the sustainability performance of the event
Key solutions and achievements:
- Reusable exhibition booths and carpet tiles, distribution of reusable water bottles; Recycling, composting and donations: 70% waste diverted from landfill and 75% Materials made from sustainable substrates
- 6% of food sourced locally; 50% vegetarian or vegan menus
- Promotion of women in accounting through sessions with young influential women in their field.
- €6,000+ sponsorship from MCI to support attendance of indigenous accountants
- €1,300+ raised to Gunawirra, a charity supporting Aboriginal families
- Event sustainability report produced by MCI with performance review and strategic and tactical recommendations
Baltimore Team gives back
In the summer months of 2018, our Baltimore Team has been very active in the local community!
The team shared great moments together with a common goal: make a difference at their own level.
In May and June, MCI Baltimore talents volunteered with the nonprofit Empower4Life to provide resources to vulnerable children. Empower4Life is a NGO that works with partner children shelters to provide them with the skills and resources that help them feel empowered and enjoy a happy and healthy life. Our colleagues helped collect and deliver produce, fresh baked goods and flowers to the kids in Rosedale homeless shelter. It was a great opportunity to support a local organisation and support the children - in addition to getting a good workout!
In July, talents volunteered at Art with a Heart in Baltimore as part of their annual Dream Day celebration. Art with a Heart is a non-profit that provides engaging, educational and interactive visual arts classes to under-served Baltimore area youth. Their mission is to enhance the lives of people in need through visual art. Talents spent the morning working alongside youth completing art projects like sculpting clay vases or cutting glass for future projects. They also helped designing large mosaic mirrors that will live at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, a home for seriously ill children and their families. It was a creative and meaningful activity with an organisation doing impactful work in Baltimore!
Joining the Fight Against Cancer
Daffodil Day is the Irish Cancer Society's biggest fundraiser, taking place each year in March to support cancer patients and their loved ones by providing free advice and support, as well as by funding life-saving cancer research.
In March 2018, MCI Ireland team participated in Daffodil Day. 16 talents gave one hour of their time selling pins to collect funds for the Irish Cancer Society. The team raised close to €2,000 during the day!
These funds are used across the country to help the 40,000 people who will hear the words "you have cancer" each year.
Swiss Red Cross Ball
An eye-catching event to support local initiative
There are those who are most fragile among us: children. MCI Geneva, in collaboration with Blossom, organised the Geneva Ball; an event that resonated with the Red Cross’s intent to help children build a better future for themselves. Additionally, the event supported efforts in the Surkhet district of Nepal, where the Swiss Red Cross opened an eye clinic in partnership with the Nepal Red Cross Society.
We have the responsibility as a society to look ’through the eyes of a child’. The event took on this theme in the form of a large screen in the shape of an eye, overlooking the hall of attendees.
An eye-opening evening supported by all those who attended: the charity auction raised over €700,000 for the new eye clinic.
World Water Forum
The award winning event to raise awareness on water related issues of our time
MCI Brazil Team lent their expertise to organise the World Water Forum, the largest global event to raise awareness on water-related issues. The objective of this year’s edition was to raise awareness among not only water professionals, scientists and governments but also the public at-large.
MCI Brazil introduced a new concept by adding 36.000 m² of space adjacent to the congress centre, divided into three main areas:
- the Citizen Village, an immersive experience for the public at-large with cinema, cultural, interactive and sensorial activities
- the Fair (B2C and B2B) with direct access to active local water-related organisations and societies
- the Expo (B2B) for country pavilions and companies to present their innovative solutions for water-waste and water-sanitisation related issues.
- 120,000 visitors (with 109,600 visitors only at the Citizen’s Village and Expo Fair)
- The space successfully educated, raised awareness and entertained the public. Schools, youths and families were charmed by the interactive activities, virtual reality experiences, workshops and movies.
- Promoted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 that aims to: "Ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all".
- The event was 100% paperless
MCI Brazil was awarded IAPCO International Client Award and Premio Caio Bronze Award for this outstanding event.
Berlin Team making a difference
MCI Berlin supported various local community initiatives during the winter season.
To celebrate St Nicholas, the team collaborated with the Berlin Mitte children's home. Talents were invited to choose from the St Nicholas children wishes list hung in the office and offer the perfect gift to fulfil these.
When the cold weather hit, talents collected warm clothes, blankets and hygiene products for the Berliner Stadtmission - Kältehilfe – an organisation which helps the homeless in Berlin make it through winter rough days.
To maximise their impact, they included this action at an internal event with their suppliers. Guests were invited to give their support with donations for the cause.
Giving Children a Second Chance
8 talents from MCI Brussels ran the 20km of Brussels in support of Chain of Hope Belgium. While the team has raised € 260, a matching fund is offered by MCI Brussels, which sums it up to €520 that will be donated to the organisation.
Chain of Hope Belgium organises medical missions in Africa and Latin America to cure children, teach and train local teams and donate medical equipment. Volunteer specialists also perform paediatric medical and surgical treatments in Belgium and partner countries when children cannot be treated in their home countries.
In 2017, MCI Brussels running team raised funds to help 4 year-old David, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, (on the picture) come to Europe and undergo heart surgery he cannot have in his home country.
And what better motivation could they have than seeing him in good health just before the race!
Like David, Abel, Kessia, Neema and many other kids from Katanga will also be operated on thanks to the love and support of their Belgian host family, the expertise of doctors and the generosity of the Chain of Hope racing teams.
Giving children a merrier Christmas
Every year in December, the Geneva Red Cross distributes 1,000 Christmas baskets to isolated or disadvantaged people, couples, families and elderlies in Geneva area. These baskets are composed with essential commodities but also with some more festive gifts. During the holiday season, the goal is to offer the most vulnerable ones a special attention that will brighten up their daily life.
Last Christmas, MCI Geneva and Dorier collaborated with the Geneva Red Cross and supported this great initiative through various actions.
First, talents donated the record number of 134 new toys for children to be included in the Christmas baskets. Some of the talents then spent an entire afternoon at the Red Cross centre preparing the 1,000 baskets.
Finally, 12 talents volunteered to deliver the gifts to all the families throughout the city of Geneva.
Giving back the Irish way
Throughout the month of December 2018, MCI Ireland encouraged talents to help those in need.
At the beginning of December, they set up a 'GoFundMe' account called "12 Charities of Christmas". The goal was to raise €120 for 12 organisations chosen by MCI Ireland talents. They reached the target just before Christmas and raised €160 in total.
To celebrate Christmas, they put up their very own MCI Ireland Christmas Tree in the office purchased from the LauraLynn Children Hospice Christmas Tree Shop, where 20% of the proceeds are used to support the children and families who rely on the hospice service. The team went further and participated in the Society of St Vincent de Paul Giving Tree by donating gifts to children and families who are struggling in Irish communities.
Last but not least, to end this fantastic year, talents volunteered to support a local Nursing Home where they entertained the elderly residents with festive activities and Christmas choirs. The team enjoyed spending some quality time with the residents, which brought joy in their daily life.
A truly great start to the 2018 Holiday Season!
One MCI Strava Challenge
In June 2018, 45 talents from MCI Dublin and Berlin offices organised a One MCI Strava challenge!
The goal? Walk, run, cycle or swim enough to reach the distance that separates both offices, that is 1,300 km.
A good occasion to organise lunch and afterwork team outings to reach the goal quickest. After five weeks, MCI Dublin team finally won, but were run close by the Berlin team!
This initiative boosted not only the teams' health and wellbeing but was also a great opportunity to share good moments together.
Well done everyone!
World Summit on Accessible Tourism
Making tourism accessible to all
The 2nd edition of the World Summit on Accessible Tourism - ‘Destinations for All’ and its exhibition took place in October 2018 in Brussels. This event was organised by the CAWaB, which mission is to improve accessibility for people with reduced mobility) and MCI Benelux. The summit aims at sharing innovations and good practices for developing accessible destinations and creating a more inclusive society. It brought together 400 tourism stakeholders from 42 countries and international organisations including UNWTO, OITS, ENAT, UITP.
The Summit successfully promoted a form of tourism that is still underestimated while encouraging common action for greater accessibility. Moreover, multiple measures were taken to make the summit accessible to all; herewith some examples:
- Braille and large print programmes made available onsite in three languages (F, NL, GB)
- Audio Induction loop systems installed onsite
- Velotype (real-time captioning solution) used in all plenary sessions and parallel sessions in the Auditorium
- All lectures translated into International Sign Language upon request
Gay Games Opening Ceremony
Celebrating diversity, respect and equality.
From 4 to 12 August 2018, Paris hosted the 10th edition of one of the biggest sportive and cultural events celebrating diversity: The Paris 2018 Gay Games, at the Jean Bouin Stadium. MCI France was chosen to design and produce the Opening Ceremony of this extraordinary event that gathered over 10,000 participants from 91 countries and 40,000 visitors.
Held for the first time in France, this edition has offered a one-of-a-kind experience to all the participants and visitors with extensive sporting and cultural programmes (36 sports and 14 cultural events). Behind this spectacular event, a rich variety of skills was gathered. 15 MCI France talents got actively involved in creating the ceremony, in addition to a complete artistic team including show director, choreographer, sound and light designers, chief make-up and hairdresser, singers and dancers. Five other MCI talents volunteered for walk-on roles during the show.
After months of hard work, the team made magic happen at the Jean Bouin Stadium celebrating diversity, respect and equality.
FIGO 2018 Congress
FIGO (The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) is that global voice for women’s health. For their 2018 congress, FIGO repositioned themselves to fully embrace the topic, covering cutting-edge science, public health and policy.
MCI Brazil and FIGO put their heads together to focus on three main areas: communication, education and partnerships.
Innovative tactics were aimed at boosting abstract submissions, registrations and the overall visibility of the event. With 11,000 attendees from 148 countries, the congress recorded an impressive 20 percent increase in participants, an attendance that exceeded all expectations.
Women with serious health experiences told their stories and efforts were made to form strong partnerships with member Societies. Facebook and Google campaigns in English, Spanish and Portuguese were launched with the hashtag #EveryWomanMatters to boost the awareness messages.
MCI Brazil team showed maximum dedication to contribute to supporting women's right advocacy.
Cleaning up the North Sea Coastline
Adam Greenie, MCI Amsterdam Sustainability Mascot, invited 18 MCI Sustainability Champions to help him clean up the Dutch coast. The Boskalis Beach Cleanup Tour is a tour of two weeks cleaning up the entire coast of the North Sea from all of the plastic waste and cigarette filters.
The team joined the final stage of the tour, from Langevelderslag to Zandvoort. Together with 155 other volunteers, and guided by pirates and a mermaid, they did a 10km walk on the beach and collected 530 kg of waste.
MCI Amsterdam team was part of the 2,764 volunteers who collected a total of 11,163 kg of waste at the end of the project. Adam Greenie is proud of his colleagues who joined his effort to clean up the beach. Talents shared a great moment together and will definitely join the move again for next edition!
Making Children’s Dreams Come True
MCI France has started a new partnership in 2018 with the French NGO Petits Princes ("Little Princes"). Created 32 years ago, this organisation gives children suffering from serious, life-threatening illness like cancer, leukaemia and other genetic diseases the opportunity to fulfil their dreams. When living their passion and seeing their dreams come true, children get additional motivation to fight diseases.
MCI France wanted to play their part and contribute to the realisation of children's dreams thanks to their precious network and competencies. Since the beginning of their partnership, several actions have been carried out throughout 2018:
In September talents have been able to accomplish their first mission: make Matthieu's dream come true! Thanks to MCI team's close relationship with Universal Music France, they gave Matthieu the chance to meet with his idols, the famous French artists Bigflo & Oli.
The 12-year-old little Prince was invited to their concert at the Olympia, Paris mythical concert hall. Just before the start of the concert, he went for a private backstage visit and spent precious time with the two artists. But the best part of it: when the singer swapped gap with him! This was an exclusive moment of happiness that made Matthieu forget about his daily treatments and hospitalisation for a while.
At the end of December, the Petits Princes organisation made the 7,000th dream come true for 8 children with a specialconcert at the Casino de Paris. The 8 little princes got the chance to realise an extraordinary dream: sing on stage with artists! 15 MCI France talents volunteered at the event to help welcome participants, manage the cloakroom and the VIP cocktail party.
MCI Singapore Team volunteered for Project HomeWorks, an initiative carried out by the NGO Habitat for Humanity. This organisation supports vulnerable families and elderly in Singapore who suffer from poor living condition and little social assistance. They help people facing mobility issues or difficulties in caring for themselves and their homes.
23 MCI talents spent a day working in 2 different homes to help make these places healthier and safer for the residents.
Their work involved removing potential fire hazards, cleaning, painting the walls, fixing furniture and removing expired food items. An impactful hands-on activity to help make a difference!
Banksia Sustainability Awards
Recognising Australia's sustainable excellence
The 2018 Banksia Sustainability Awards – Australia’s SDG Barometer introduced a new way of recognising Australia’s sustainable excellence under the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Banksia Foundation is a well-established not-for-profit organisation dedicated to working with Government, industry and community to focus attention on the recognition of excellence in sustainability.
MCI Australia has supported the Banksia Foundation annual awards event for the past six years. Once again in 2018, the team provided pro bono staffing and reduced fees to support the Foundation achieve its mission. By leveraging its own best resources, time and expertise, MCI Australia Team played a great part to make this event happen.
Beat Diabetes Walk
35 talents from MCI Middle East participated in The Beat Diabetes Walk in Dubai, a flagship event of the Beat Diabetes initiative, which over the years has become an important calendar event that brings communities together, to pledge their support for diabetes awareness. Over the last eight years, the event has garnered immense support with the participation from several government authorities, medical entities, corporates, schools and the local communities.
MCI gave each talents joining the walk a tee shirt to encourage them complete this challenge. The team shared a great time together, being active for a good cause!
MCI UK Running for Charity
In October 2018, Team MCI UK competed in the Great South Run for Macmillan Cancer Support, one of the largest British charities that provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.
The 10-mile run (approximately 16 km) takes place every year through the streets of Portsmouth and Southsea on the UK's South East coast.
Hats off to our runners who joined over 20,000 other participants on the track and completed the race within 2.5 hours!
We're incredibly proud of their grit and determination as they collectively raised £847 (close to €1,000) for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Talents shared a personal achievement together and look forward to taking part in next edition for another charitable cause!
World Ophthalmology Congress
No food waste at the World Ophthalmology Congress
The 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress was held from 16 to 19 June in Barcelona. As expected attendance to the congress dinner was lower than forecasted, MCI Spain and Geneva teams, in agreement with the client, negotiated with the caterer that all extra food supplies would be donated to a local charity organisation.
They collaborated with the NGO Nutrition Without Borders which mission is to eradicate malnutrition around the world through the promotion of sustainable initiatives in food systems.
This particular collaboration was part of the NGO's project called 'Barcelona Shares Food'. The project aims at collecting surplus food from local companies in the hotel, catering and food sector and distributing it to social centres dedicated to people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in Barcelona region.
Thanks to this action, 400 kg of unused food have been donated to approximately 950 people in three different centres in Barcelona. In addition, MCI also gave 2,000 congress bags to the NGO.
MCI Spain is now working with Nutrition Without Borders to develop their collaboration into a long-term partnership.
A Wave of Change with Quiksilver
Sustainable art highlights Quiksilver’s commitment to reducing plastic pollution in the oceans
Quiksilver, one of the world’s largest surfing brands, approached MCI Experience to design, produce and install a sustainable art installation for high profile events. The goal was to highlight Quiksilver’s commitment to reducing plastic pollution in the world’s oceans through their recycled fibre sportswear and products.
The Team developed the concept of a life-size, barrelling wave made out of recycled plastic bottles. Using 7 cubic metres worth of plastic this eye-catching installation had a two-fold purpose; to promote Quiksilver’s new product and to act as an educational piece. All of the plastic used to create the stand makes up only a tiny fraction of the plastic waste floating in the oceans and waterways across the world.
Inside the wave sat a real integrated Quiksilver surfboard, ready for participants to ride the wave of sustainability!
Quiksilver launched a social media competition and encouraged people to have their photo taken in the wave to win a pair of the recycled fibre board shorts. The sustainable installation made its first headline at Boardmasters Festival (8 – 12 August 2018) with over 50,000 festival goers, before travelling on to other high-profile events like the Quiksilver Pro France – Europe’s largest professional surfing event with a global audience.
Incentive Trips With a Purpose
MCI Australia redesigns the traditional incentive trips
As part of two reward programmes for a Healthcare & Life Sciences organisation based in Australia and New Zealand, MCI Australia redesigned the traditional luxury incentive trip and created impactful experiences with unique opportunity for the delegates to give back to local communities.
For the “Cycle 2” programme, participants spent an afternoon in a Fijian school accommodating 120 children and students from local villages or farming communities. In small teams, delegates painted the classrooms, built and repaired furniture together with the children.
As for the “Circle of Excellence” programme, MCI engaged with an Australian based charity to support local communities affected by the Thailand Tsunami. The project was designed to help two communities:
On the first day, participants worked to demolish a dilapidated home in a local slum allowing a new structure to be built (fully funded by the client) as well as providing access to running water. The group then flew to a remote orphanage and spent the entire day paving a safe play area for the kids.
One of the participant shared: ‘This experience was incredible and personally touched each and every winner emotionally and physically – we cannot thank you enough for encouraging us to do something different – let's do it again 2019!
School supplies for children in South Dallas
To celebrate their annual Dream Day, our Plano-based SEM&I Team supported local children in South Dallas in need of school supplies. MCI USA Events provided 264 backpacks, and our wonderful team of talents donated supplies. They assembled the backpacks and, in between shifts, enjoyed a nice and friendly lunch. A fun day while making a difference in the lives of local children!
Smal Acts, Big Impact
15 MCI Singapore talents spent one afternoon supporting the local initiative I Wish U Enough festival. This celebration is organised by a local social centre that supports low-income and vulnerable families in Singapore.
Held in conjunction with the International Day for Eradication of Poverty, the goal is to gather Singapore's community together and spread a spirit of "gotong royong" (mutual help).
Centred on the theme "Small Acts, Big Impact", the aim of the 2018 I Wish You Enough was to raise awareness on the importance of sharing and giving so that everyone can have enough.
Our talents from MCI Singapore have put all their efforts to make this celebration a cheerful and memorable afternoon for all the children.
They read and donated books, ensured children's safety at the 'Bouncing Castle' and organised hands-on science activities to educate kids while fostering their curiosity and creativity. Small acts but with big impact!
Social Innovation & Global Ethics Forum
Promoting the adoption of technology and innovation for sustainability
The Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF) 2018, took place on 12 and 13 September at SuntecSingapor. Organised by Horyou, the action-oriented social network for Social Good, SIGEF is the leading international forum for impact solutions, Corporate Social Responsibility and philanthropy, in resonance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Dorier Asia was proudly entrusted the responsibility of managing all the technical production requirements for SIGEF 2018 in Singapore.
With a focus on resilience and innovation, this year's event gathered companies, governments, nonprofits and changemakers across the globe to share insight on Blockchain & Fintech, Smart Cities, Impact investing, MedTech, Future energy and the UN SDGs.
The forum's primary aim was to nurture inspiration and positive action, while promoting the adoption of technology and innovation for sustainability and inclusion as the right way to start shaping better times to come.
Dorier Asia's team was proud to play a big role in making it happen!
Together for Good
Team building that makes a difference
Since 2017, MCI China has worked with Dell EMC to make their annual Team Building event the perfect opportunity to give back to local communities.
In September 2018, MCI Team designed and organised a choice of impactful activities to engage the 1,200 delegates in three different cities in China. Divided into groups of 200 people, they participated in activities ranging from hiking while picking up litter, creating Dell logo with waste, building bird nests in the forest, and painting environmental protection wall in the local University.
MCI received very positive feedback from the participants who shared unique opportunity to build bonds while making a difference in their local communities.